So Syfy channel had a TGI-Freddy Marathon on Friday the 13th (may 2016) and I made it a point to watch.
I thought while doing so I’d work on one of my new ‘columns’ called ‘Classic Cuts’ (well the title is best for slasher movies like this) which reviews an entire franchise in this case, Brand (Marvel) or stand alone film (like Goonies) so
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This is one of my favorite franchises, plus I lived one street over from Elm as a kid. I did however wonder why they weren’t doing a Friday the 13th marathon? But I thought why not do an over view of the series!
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1984 screen play written by Wes Craven (RIP) 90- minutes Rated R
Horror, Slasher stars Heather Langenkamp , Robert Englund, John Saxon, Johnny Depp
I think because of the first and maybe second movies I was never comfortable with unfinished basements, the one that was in the house I grew up in (the street over from Elm) well it was a big basement from what I remember. I remember the big water heater and the one thing I hated was if we had to change a blown fuse, we had to pass by it. There were a few times I was tempted to go over to it and try to look in it, but the basement would spook me out.
I don’t know who he is but he’s burned, wears a red & green sweater , this funny hat and knives like fingernails
I think one of the great things about the movie was it came with that morbid, haunting nursery rhyme of 1…2.. Freddy’s coming for you. Of the series I think the first and their movies were the best. They are at least my favorites. I like how in the first he’s scary and serious then in the 3rd he starts to become somewhat a comedian! The 2nd in the series well as my friend Rich would say “belongs in the bog of eternal stench”
With the poor 2010 update (remake/reboot..whatever you want to catalog it as) That combined with original and some of the sequel’s storylines, still couldn’t help it, but then they ruined all the best parts of the original movie like Johnny Depp’s Character Glenn’s death.
1985 R 87 minutes Robert Englund Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler
After this bomb I’m surprised there was even a 3rd movie, but thankfully there was and much improved from this. I like the sort of literal Highway to hell, sadly they couldn’t have at least got permission to use some of the song. Honestly I think this should have been called ‘The Possession’ as frankly Freddy is getting revenge in all the movies, including the first isn’t he? So the title to me doesn’t work (although yes I know they didn’t know there would be so many sequels).
The girl that plays Lisa, for some reason I always thought she looked like (or at least for some reason reminded me of the) singer Tiffany.
“You’ve got the Body, I’ve got the brains”
So what is it with this story or the movie that gets a bad rap? Honestly when they don’t show this in a marathon of the series, I’m happy (though I do bitch about a ‘marathon’ being the WHOLE series not just 1 3 & 4 (esp. when they play them out of order) Could it be the homosexual undertones? Is it the acting, or just the story itself?
1987 Patricia Arquette, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Rodney Eastman, Jennifer Rubin, Laurence Fishburne
Wasn’t Nancy’s grey streak on the other side of her head in the original film? The series’ even the crappy sequels like Freddy’s Revenge, the 3-D Freddy’s Dead and the not as bad (at least to me) meta sequel New Nightmare are still quite high on the re-watch list and worth adding to your video library. (although not sure on the 3-d one… I think that might be worse than part 2, but Freddy’s Dead wasn’t shown during this marathon.. so I just might be right on that!
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A favorite part is ‘Puppet master’ Freddy, the ‘strings’ FX could use some updating! I believe this may be a fan favorite because of all the memorable quotes. It could also be the alter egos or the cool death scenes. You had the snarky Kinkaid and the sweet (but pervy) Joey, Badass Taryn, and Nerdy Will the Wizard Master…
I think this one is a fan favorite because it was so quoteable. While the original was very dark this is a bit brighter but then, that could just be the lights of the mental ward This is one of the originals movies I WOULD like to see remade but as is, just to update the make-up and special FX (like puppet phillip’s ‘strings’)
1988 R Tuesday Knight, Andras Jones, Danny Hassel, Lisa Wilcox
So we have the last 3 of the true Elm street kids only Patricia Arquette is replaced by Tuesday Knight..(cool freaking name).
I had (and I guess you can say still do) have a big crush on Joey (the character not the actor) and a guilty pleasure … (If you see me on the street I likely won’t admit this but) I actually like the cheesy pop rock music in this! (Though I still think heavy metal and horror go best together!)
How sweet, fresh meat
Alice is a full on daydreamer, her brother Rick is a funny guy no wonder Kristen is dating him, Dan the hunky jock Alice is oggling and their nerd friend and the big haired one (classic for late 80s and much of the 90s) I didn’t catch their names.
Because Kristen can bring people into her dreams, Joey and Kinkaid get pissed at her for ‘waking’ them up into her’s and because of it think she’s just going to bring him back. Sadly there are soon no more Elm street kids but thanks to Kristen who brings Alice into her last nightmare, and would be the worst person to get Kristen’s power gets them. So now, no one is safe!
Freddy’s Nightmares tv series ran from 1988-1990
I don’t recall how long each episode was half hour or a full hour,but I have been trying to find a full episode. Sadly so far I have not but here’s a promo video (from various countries) Did I see Brad Pitt in there somewhere? (maybe it was a different video)
If you are not able to read the rhyme, click the pic
1989 89 minutes Lisa Wilcox Danny Hassel Kelly Jo Minter Erika Anderson Joe Seely
Although the movies are still quite rewatchable, even if (some of) the make-up and special FX are dated. My favorite part of this is Dan’s ‘waking’ nightmare with all the pun-ish one liners Freddy slings like “Fuel injection” sounding like an arcade game. Another one is the comic book guy. I don’t remember this poster when it was coming out, the ons I do remember i think all had a baby carriage in it, so I used this one cause I thought it was funny with a Preggers Freddy
man syfy was really constantly I think for 2-3 months doing Nightmare on Elm st. Marathons and I caught this again before something else I wanted to see was coming on. I noticed I think they may have messed with Freddy’s origins, unless because I was tired from my day just didn’t get it. The scene I speak of is when Alice see Amanda Kreuger give birth to Freddy as a lumpy headed looks like Jason Vorhees without the mask creature. I’m not sure if this was just Freddy messing around bringing Mom back to birth him again or if they were trying to change up the the origin story.
I was never really big on this addition to the series C-
A Nightmare on Elm Street(1989) (Video Game)
I need to find out what system this was available on… and now wonder if it was the reason the next movie had a gamer in it.
do we get to see a slice of the actual game in the upcoming? (No idea)
(this is the PC version of the game) if you are a collector… you can find a NINTENDO version on amazon
and the Nintendo NES version (but not sure if it’s the same year) to me looks like a cross between Super mario Brothers and Donkey Kong
1991 Lisa Zane, Breckin Meyer Tom Arnold, Rosanne Barr
They didn’t include this in the marathon I mentioned but as I said, i’d do an overview of the franchise
With he corny 3-d there’s only one part I remember somewhat clearly, and that’s the gamer (Breckin Meyer I think) that becomes part of the video game. Another part I can remember is one of the characters using 3-D glasses in the movie and that’s all. Here’s some appreciation one fan shows for the movie; in-defense-of-freddys-dead-the-final-nightmare/ putting it that way, I can appreciate it a bit more. It still sucks though
Maybe NOT so FInal!
1994 written by Wes Craven stars Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven
I’m not sure if this was intended to celebrate it, but I see it as a 10 year anniversary of the series. The meta sequel has its good and bad moments but I can’t recall how fans took it when it came out; or if I saw it in the theater or not. (Depending on when it came out I may or may not have been aloud in to see it, but would be the only one I might have been able to see when it was originally released in the theater. I do like the meta angle, of it, as it’s different and movies usually don’t do that.
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not sure if this was fan made, but I liked this better than the others I saw
2003 Robert Englund Ken Kirzinger Monica Keena Katharine Isabelle Jason Ritter, Kelly Rowland
In this smack down (which I’m sure in a sense paved the way for the superhero match -ups of 2016) Freddy isn’t even a memory as the town has covered up everything relating to Freddy’s existence. Birth & death certificates and other records are removed, Obituaries redacted, any teens who have had nightmares are quarantined in the asylum not calls in or out same with visitors and they are drugged with that same experimental drug from Dream Warriors that keeps them from dreaming.
Instead of committing them all, why not just give ALL the kids in the town a prescription for it?
Freddy uses Jason as a sypher (I guess you could say) to get to the kids because he’s weak as no one believes in him anymore. Once however Freddy is on the path to coming back, Jason keeps killing the kids and Freddy is not always able to take what he needs to come back.
Gotta love the stoner having gone down the Rabbit hole… Order or watch on Amazon
2005 tv series IMDB
I have no recollection of this being on or ever hearing about it. I will have to see if I can find disks on netflix or another way to give a few of the episodes a watch. Looked on Amazon to see if there were any DVDs or way of watching but sadly nothing comes up other than a season of (syfy’s) Paranormal Witness and some memorabilia
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include this in the series info or after the 2010 update…. I think it fits in better with the series info.
This is both a book and a video release you can find the review and links to order in the series info at the end, meanwhile here is a review for the book.
2010 UPDATE Jackie Earl Haley, Thomas Dekker, Katie Cassidy, Connie Britton & Kellan Lutz
Frankly this update merges the events of the original 2 movies, but is certainly not a remake as some things are done differently not to mention not in the same order as the others. I will say that was the only way this movie was good (& Kellan Lutz.. even when the guy is supposed to look like he’s been to hell and back he’s hot..come on!)
Of course Horror/Slasher cliche #1… the hottie dies first and during as well after watching this Blasphemous update I was ready to enter the nightmares of the creators and whoever’s idea it was to start the series again as well as whoever greenlit it.!
The part when Freddy comes to form through the wall…looks so crappy in CGI, compared to the practical effect in the original.
Even the ‘framed’ boyfriend part of Robert Rustler’s is tweeked instead of being shredded on the ceiling Cassidy’s character looks more like she’s having an epileptic seizure and certainly not as much blood as on the walls and ceiling as the 1st death (Tina) in the original
The scenes as mentioned are not actually in the order they were in and to be a remake, what I call the ‘tribute’ scenes those iconic scenes from the original film (Like Johnny Depp’s) have to be in there not to mention same order and same way…this one… they flubbed the way Depp’s Death was… and that was a BIG F*** up to me. That was THE BEST Death ever and it doesn’t even look like blood, it looks like black sludge.
Oh and funny that, I was going to make a snarky remark in part 3 about Joey’s “How’s this for a wet dream” and how it’s the reverse of Johnny Depp’s Glenn’s Blood Volcano…In this one it’s sort of the 2 together.
Oh and we have a cameo of the Shock Rocker Alice Cooper as Freddy’s Dad
To me it just makes more of a darker (not actually bad) parody of the originals but the way they did it just sacrilege! They should all be strung up by their fingers and toes and slashed with a fountain pen. D
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Rated R FAQs via IMDB
there’s also my Nightmare near my Street hub With trailers or clips of each of the movies, as well as my own ‘nightmare’
2010 Doumentary Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, Robert Englund
In the documentary the cast talks about scenes, FX and so on. I’m not a documentary person but this was worth a watch for any fan!
you can order the legacy documentary video here
The book, you can check out on Amazon, they have the option to look through some of it. There’s some pictures and a variety of information.
and purchase the book via Amazon here as well
as for this Infograph, I thinkthere are some kills missing, but will have to take care of that the next time I watch a marathon. (and I’ll add that information to each of my reviews.